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  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

10 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why dentistry?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Why Harvard?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Why did you get a bad grade in organic?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The questions were pretty standard." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why I did badly in organic chemistry and on the carving portion of the Canadian DAT." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I actually really over-prepared... I read a book on dental ethics, a book on interview preparation, looked over SDN feedback, read their websites in excessive detail and stressed for extensive periods of time." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everything! Before I went to the interview I wanted to go to Columbia more but I was so impressed with how happy the students were, how open and helpful the staff and faculty were and the general atmosphere of geniality and helpfulness. When I went I stayed with a student and met a lot of students in their natural habitat ;) and they were so nice and so enthusiastic that it made me fall in love with the school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"How long they made us wait before we were interviewed ;)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the interviews are mostly there to gauge your personality and see if you'd fit in with the students, so let your natural self shine through!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I stayed with a first year student (definitely do that if you can) and she went out of her way to make me feel welcome and to help me out. (I honestly feel that the students are HSDM's best ambassadors.) The interview day (there were five of us - all girls) who met with Anne Berg and then went on a tour, had lunch, met some students, and finally went back to be interviewed by two individuals. Now that I think back - the day passed by fairly quickly but at the time - the space between the morning and actually being interviewed was interminable. My interviewers were very kind and tried to make the process as painless and low-stress as possible." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$501+

What airport did you use?

BOS

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/13/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

10 out of 10

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